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Deadly mix of gas and flaming kerosene

Carrying a lighted lantern, William F. McGinley, proprietor of a general stone at Adirondack, entered the cellar of his building on the night of March 11, 1914 to look for a leak in the acetylene gas plant which lights his store and living rooms on the second floor.

The gas, which had been leaking into the cellar for some time, was ignited by the blaze of the lantern and there was an explosion, the full force of which struck the merchant, severely burning his head and face. His moustache, eyebrows and eyelashes were burned off, as was all the hair on the right side of his head. His eyes were filled with the flying carbide and severely injured.

Partially stunned by the shock and unable to see because of the injury to his eyes, it was with great difficulty that he groped his way upstairs and attracted the attention of some young men coasting near the store. They assisted him to his rooms and Dr. George Bibby of Pottersville was summoned. McGinley’s injuries were not too serious and are not expected to be permanent. He is expected to recover his sight. Dr. M.C. McGinley and Miss Lena McGinley, a trained nurse, will care for their injured brother.

Mac Smith’s misfortune

Undersheriff Mac R. Smith, woke Saturday morning, March 14, 1914, from a night of sound and undisturbed sleep at his home in Lake George,and was horrified to find that he was totally blind in his left eye. Hoping the trouble was only temporary, Mr. Smith hastened to Glens Falls to consult Dr. Sherwood LeFeyre, an optician in that city and after an examination was given, little encouragement to hope for a restoration of sight in the orb that was affected was given.

On Monday night, March 16, 1914, Mr. Smith went to Albany to consult Dr. Cyrus S. Merrill, the eminent eye specialist who has a summer home in Warrensburgh. Dr. Merrill found that the trouble was caused by a small blood clot which had formed back of the eye and his prognosis was not favorable. He stated that after a time a small measure of sight might be restored but there was no hope that the eye would ever again be of much use. The other eye is not expected to be affected.

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